Agricultural Economics student honors updates

The following are student updates. To view the latest department e-newsletter for more updates, click here.

Agribusiness student Reagen Kays runs for Student Government Association president

February 10, 2014 – College is about more than getting a degree.

That’s what Student Governing Association president and vice president candidates Reagan Kays and Garrett Kennedy said they believe, and they are focused on enhancing that experience.

Kays, senior in agribusiness, and Kennedy, junior in secondary education and math, have begun their campaign for the SGA president and vice president positions with the “Your Education. Your Passion. Your Life.” platform.

“I’m definitely students first,” Kennedy said. “That’s one of the biggest things that Reagan and I can bring together, but that I am definitely passionate about. I want to do what I can to invest in that person.”

Their platform, Kennedy said, works to enhance the overall college experience. “We are setting them up for what is possible for their future,” he said. “Yes, that’s a degree and everything like that, but it also comes from everything else as well … Our three platforms help you plan and prepare yourself for the future.”

Kays and Kennedy bring with them almost six years of combined experience in SGA; Kays served as a student senator for the College of Agriculture for three years, and Kennedy served as a student senator for the College of Education for two years.

Kennedy currently serves as the treasurer of SGA; Kays serves on the Privilege Fee and Tuition Strategy committees.

“My motivation (for running for office) was sitting through a lot of meetings dealing with student dollars and being very passionate about making sure we are very conservative and accurate with those dollars, and making sure we are running programs that can help the student body the best we can,” Kays said.

Click here to read the rest of the article written by: Jena Sauber, The Collegian.

Devin Dick captures Big 12 honor

February 7, 2014 – Agribusiness Senior Devin Dick was named Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for his stellar performance this past weekend in the heptathlon at the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa. The win marked his first career win in the heptathlon, as well as the first by a K-State athlete since the 2009 indoor season when Moritz Cleve won the Big 12 title.

Dick becomes the first track and field athlete to win the accolade this indoor season and the first Wildcat on the team since Laura Galvan, who won Big 12 Runner of the Week this past September, to earn Big 12 weekly honors. The Hutchinson, Kan., native’s performance in Ames was an impressive one, as Dick won three of the four first-day events, four of the seven events overall and finished top three in all seven.

The Outdoor All-American in the event last year was buoyed by strong performances in the shot put (13.72m/45-00.25), long jump (7.01m/23-00.00) and high jump (1.98m/6-06.00) with the latter two being season bests. Dick’s 5,505 points scored is the top mark in the Big 12 and 10th-best in Division I. His total score nearly eclipsed his career best total of 5,603 points set at last year’s Big 12 Championship as well.

Dick and the rest of the Wildcats will look to continue a strong start to the season, as one group heads to Lincoln, Neb., for the Sevigne Husker Invitational and the other to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Classic. Both meets are scheduled to run from Feb. 7-8. For more information, visit

Undergraduates earn Kansas Livestock Association scholarships

December 18, 2013 – Fourteen scholarship winners for the 2013-14 school year were recognized during the annual Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention Dec. 6 in Wichita. A total of $16,000 was presented by the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF).

Five Kansas students each have been awarded, through KLF, $1,000 Wheels for Bucks Scholarships. Kurtis Clawson is the son of Kenby and Lana Clawson from Satanta. He is a junior majoring in agronomy and agriculture economics at K-State. Beth Hafliger, daughter of Fred and Gretchen Hafliger of WaKeeney, is a sophomore at K-State. She currently is majoring in agriculture economics. Brady Rundel, son of Pam and the late Bob Rundel of Colby, is a junior at K-State. He is majoring in agribusiness. Nathan Stinson is the son of Brian and Renee Stinson from Allen. He is a junior majoring in agriculture economics at K-State. This scholarship is presented to any student entering or returning to a Kansas community or senior college and pursuing a degree in agriculture or a related field. Preference is given to K-State and Fort Hays State University students entering their junior or senior year and majoring in Animal Science with a career goal of being actively engaged in livestock production.

Student from Satanta earns College of Business Administration’s Outstanding Senior Award

December 18, 2013 – When it comes to dedication and involvement at the Kansas State University College of Business Administration, Kendal Clawson is at the head of his class.

Clawson, a December 2013 bachelor’s graduate in finance and agricultural economics, is the recipient of the college’s fall 2013 Outstanding Senior Award. Clawson, Satanta, was recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony Dec. 14 on the Manhattan campus.

The award is based on service contributions students have made to the college as an undergraduate, including involvement in the college, engagement in the university community and personal academic success. A committee from the college dean’s Student Advisory Council selects the recipient.

“Kendal has a been a great student of extremely high character who has made significant contributions to the college’s key initiatives,” said Scott Hendrix, finance instructor, Gates Capital Management faculty fellow, Edgerley outstanding instructor fellow and adviser to the Kansas State University Student Finance Association.

“He’s been a great representative of the college in his many dealings with finance professionals, employers and alumni on campus and during many college trips in the United States and abroad,” Hendrix said. “Whenever the college or a fellow student has had a need, Kendal has always stepped in to help in a selfless way and I’m thrilled to that he is being recognized.”

Clawson has been actively involved in the college, serving as the information technology chair for the Student Finance Association, student senator for the College of Agriculture, president of the Financial Management Association and a part of the first Student Fellows class for the university’s Center for Risk Management Research and Education.

He has represented the university in sales and marketing competitions across the country, and was a member of the team that made it to regionals at the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“The CFA Research Challenge was one of my most memorable experiences at K-State,” Clawson said. “I was able to work with three other individuals, all smart. Being surrounded by them helped me focus more on finance, pick up on details that I was missing and applying what we learn in the class. Application makes everything more fun and enjoyable.”

During his time at the university, Clawson has participated in several study abroad programs, including faculty-led trips to London, Paris, Munich and Dublin. He completed internships with Koch Industries Inc. in Wichita and at Western Bank in Garden City.

Clawson recently took the level 1 Charter Financial Analyst test and is considering applying to Master of Business Administration programs at a later time.

The son of Kenby and Lana Clawson, Satanta, Clawson will join Koch Pipeline as a market analyst.

Lucas Sudbeck earns honors from Phi Kappa Phi

Kansas State University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the multidisciplinary collegiate honor society, is recognizing several undergraduate scholars at the university.

Phi Kappa Phi has selected 15 students as sophomore scholars. Selection is based on the grade point average of work done at the university and is awarded to students with the highest GPA in each college. One of the students is Lucas Sudbeck, sophomore in agricultural economics, Seneca. To be eligible, students must have at least 30 graded hours — and have less than 59 hours of total academic work. One to two students are selected per college, based on the college’s enrollment. Scholars from the College of Veterinary Medicine are selected based on their first-year grades in the college.

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